WELCOME TO THE 2019 ELATE SUMMER CONFERENCE
Advocacy & Activism: English Language Arts Teacher Education to Save the World
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
The University of Arkansas (U of A, UARK, or UA) is a public land-grant, research university in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System and the largest, best-known university in the state.
Fayetteville is located in the Boston Mountains, a subset of The Ozarks which run through Northwest Arkansas, southern Missouri, and Eastern Oklahoma. A city of 73,000 residents, it offers outdoor recreation, dining experiences, and cultural events that should make your time here enjoyable.
INDIGENOUS HISTORY OF U OF A
The indigenous history of the land our campus sits on goes back more than 13,000 years, and across that expanse of time many successive groups lived on, and created sacred legacies for this area. We know virtually nothing about their languages or by what names they referred to themselves.
By the time people of European origin arrived and began to write down their own observations, and record the stories Native Americans related about their histories, the Osages had long been using this area as a source for food and other commodities, though their villages occupied lands farther north in Missouri.
During the early 19th century, Cherokees living in the Arkansas River valley also began to use this area, and then during the later 1830s and early 1840s other Cherokee groups removed from south Appalachian homelands passed through during the forced removals known as the Trail of Tears.
“I’m not sure why people are so surprised that the students are rising up—we’ve been feeding them a steady diet of dystopian literature showing teens leading the charge for years[. . . . ] What, you thought it was fiction? It was preparation.”